Evan Longoria is day-to-day with a bruised right hand

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Evan Longoria gave the Rays a scare this morning. Or, more accurately, Matt Bush gave them the scare by plunking Longoria in the hand with a fastball.

Longoria immediately left the game and later went for X-rays, but they came back negative and he’s been diagnosed with a bruised hand. He’s officially listed as day-to-day.

“We will see how it feels tomorrow,” Longoria told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune. “At this point, we just need to get the swelling out of there.”

Sending Longoria to the disabled list with a major hand injury is just about the last thing Bush needed at this point in his saga of a career, but the former No. 1 overall pick shortstop-turned-pitcher can breathe easier now and focus on possibly cracking the Rays’ bullpen as a middle reliever.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.